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29 September 2017, 12:34 | Simon Arnold
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My modestly informed guess is that Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico will appear in history textbooks right next to Katrina and New Orleans.
The Department of Homeland Security had said as recently as Monday that the law would not be suspended. "These people need help and they are American citizens".
Under pressure to do more for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump is waiving federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo to the island.
"I know a lot of kids are suffering from anxiety and bouts of depression because there are students who can't contact any of their family at all", Toro said.
Two Republican senators have introduced legislation to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, a previously obscure law that requires that goods shipped between US ports be carried by USA -flagged vessels.
Earlier this week, Mr Trump sent "America's hearts and prayers" to the people in Puerto Rico and the nearby US Virgin Islands, along with his confirmation he will visit both places next week. Kim, or someone else in the military, should have the highest decision-making power on the island for a temporary period of time.
But as with any crisis, there are some who weather it better than others.
Days after the storm hit September 20, Rosa Maria Almonte's cafe in San Juan was still without power and all the other businesses nearby were boarded up. All this is evidence to Rubio that DOD needs to take control.
By waiving the Jones Act, the United States will allow for more rapid delivery of aid to Puerto Rico.
But Puerto Rico has to wait until American boats can reach its shores with supplies because of an obscure, World War I-era shipping law that the Trump administration is refusing to waive.
The Jones Act is a federal law created to protect the financial interests of USA shipbuilders by limiting shipping by foreign vessels.
The U.S. has temporarily suspended a law that officials said had been hampering the delivery of desperately needed aid to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. While she, like many public sector workers, has been called back to work she can't go because she has to care for her elderly mother in the aftermath of the storm.
Duke characterized the USA response in Puerto Rico as a "good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place after such a devastating hurricane".
As one of the few global aid agencies on the island, IsraAID's team will distribute emergency relief items, provide water, sanitation and hygiene solutions to ensure access to clean water, and offer post-trauma Psychological First Aid to the many displaced to temporary shelters.
Bossert said later Thursday that the "business model" for recover efforts had changed and that FEMA is working directly with the localities as well as state government.
The federal government will pick up 100 percent of the costs for debris removal and other emergency assistance.
This spring, the Trump administration sided with the oil industry in withdrawing an Obama-era proposal that required companies drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to use more US ships and crews.
Just a day before, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine met arrived in Puerto Rico with more than 7,000 pounds of supplies.
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